Tesla ‘suspends’ Bitcoin car purchases citing environmental impact

Just weeks after Tesla started accepting Bitcoin as currency for cars, Elon Musk revealed in a tweet that it will “suspend” the effort. According to the release (Tesla does not appear to have a functioning press office), the company is “concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions.”

Tesla went n to say that it “will not be selling any Bitcoin” (how much it may have already sold of the $1.5 billion it purchased earlier this year is unclear) and said that it will use those holdings for transactions whenever mining “transitions to more sustainable energy.” 

Without specifying a particular cryptocurrency, the company is looking at other options that it says use less than one percent of Bitcoin’s energy per transaction, likely by using proof of stake blockchain technology instead of proof of work. That would rule out Dogecoin, although it’s unclear if this policy will impact SpaceX’s crypto plans.


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